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Media targeting boys roughly 8-18

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One Piece

(One Piece)

8.5

Description:

Gol D. Roger was known as the Pirate King, the strongest and most infamous being to have sailed the Grand Line. The capture and death of Roger by the World Government brought a change throughout the world. His last words before his death revealed the location of the greatest treasure in the world, One Piece. It was this revelation that brought about the Grand Age of Pirates, men who dreamed of finding One Piece (which promises an unlimited amount of riches and fame), and quite possibly the most coveted of titles for the person who found it, the title of the Pirate King. Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy that defies your standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular persona of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate who ransacks villages for fun, Luffy’s reason for being a pirate is one of pure wonder; the thought of an exciting adventure and meeting new and intriguing people, along with finding One Piece, are his reasons of becoming a pirate. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Luffy and his crew travel across the Grand Line, experiencing crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach One Piece. (Source: MAL Rewrite)
Type

manga

Status

current

Started

1997-07-22

Jujutsu Kaisen

(Jujutsu Kaisen)

8.5

Description:

Although Yuji Itadori looks like your average teenager, his immense physical strength is something to behold! Every sports club wants him to join, but Itadori would rather hang out with the school outcasts in the Occult Research Club. One day, the club manages to get their hands on a sealed cursed object. Little do they know the terror they’ll unleash when they break the seal… (Source: Viz Media) Notes: - Ranked 1st in Japan's Bookstore Employees Top Manga of 2018. - Nominated for the 25th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2021. - Nominated for the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen Category in 2019.
Type

manga

Status

current

Started

2018-03-05

Kimetsu no Yaiba: Tomioka Giyuu Gaiden

8.49

Description:

Side-story of Giyuu Tomioka shortly after meeting Tanjirou.
Type

manga

Chapters

2

Status

finished

Started

2019-04-01

Chainsaw Man

(Chainsaw Man)

8.49

Description:

The name says it all! Denji's life of poverty is changed forever when he merges with his pet chainsaw dog, Pochita! Now he's living in the big city and an official Devil Hunter. But he's got a lot to learn about his new job and chainsaw powers! (Source: Mangaplus) Notes: - Nominated for the 2020 Manga Taisho Award. - Winner of the 2021 Kono Manga ga Sugoi Award. - Winner of the 66th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shounen category. - Winner of the 2021 and 2022 Harvey Award for Best Manga.
Type

manga

Volumes

11

Chapters

97

Rating

Violence & blood, partial nudity

Status

finished

Started

2018-12-03

Boku no Hero Academia

(My Hero Academia)

8.48

Description:

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless? Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny… (Source: Viz Media)
Type

manga

Rating

Teens 13 or older

Status

current

Started

2014-07-07

Kimetsu no Yaiba

(Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)

8.47

Description:

Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjirou, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality... Ever since the death of his father, Tanjirou has taken it upon himself to support his family. Although their lives may be hardened by tragedy, they've found happiness. But that ephemeral warmth is shattered one day when Tanjirou finds his family slaughtered and the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko, turned into a demon. To his surprise, however, Nezuko still shows signs of human emotion and thought... Thus begins Tanjirou's quest to fight demons and turn his sister human again. (Source: VIZ Media) Volume 7 contains a bonus chapter about Kanao Tsuyuri. Volume 10 contains a bonus chapter about Inosuke Hashibira.
Type

manga

Volumes

23

Chapters

207

Status

finished

Started

2016-02-15

Solo Leveling

8.46

Description:

In a world where awakened beings called “Hunters” must battle deadly monsters to protect humanity, Sung Jinwoo, nicknamed “the weakest hunter of all mankind,” finds himself in a constant struggle for survival. One day, after a brutal encounter in an overpowered dungeon wipes out his party and threatens to end his life, a mysterious System chooses him as its sole player: Jinwoo has been granted the rare opportunity to level up his abilities, possibly beyond any known limits. Follow Jinwoo’s journey as he takes on ever-stronger enemies, both human and monster, to discover the secrets deep within the dungeons and the ultimate extent of his powers. (Source: Tappytoon) Note: Chapter count includes a prologue and 21 side stories.
Type

manhwa

Chapters

201

Status

finished

Started

2018-03-04

Death Note

(Death Note)

8.44

Description:

Light Yagami is a brilliant 17-year-old student, one of the top scorers on his exams in all of Japan. One day as he leaves school, he finds a mysterious black notebook on the ground with "Death Note" written on it. The first thing written inside: "The human whose name is written in the notebook shall die." Light decides to use this to cleanse the world of evil by killing all the criminals. On the scene comes L, ace detective, who's determined to find Light—who the world now calls "Kira"—and track him down, thus bringing us an epic psychological thrill ride.
Type

manga

Volumes

12

Chapters

108

Status

finished

Started

2003-12-01

Haikyuu!!

(Haikyu!!)

8.44

Description:

Ever since he saw the legendary player known as the "Little Giant" compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! He decides to join the team at the high school the Little Giant went to-and then surpass him. Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else? After losing his first and last volleyball match against Tobio Kageyama, "the King of the Court," Shoyo Hinata swears to become his rival after graduating middle school. But what happens when the guy he wants to defeat ends up being his teammate?! (Source: Viz Media) Note: Includes 2 extra chapters.
Type

manga

Volumes

45

Chapters

404

Status

finished

Started

2012-02-20

Hunter x Hunter

(Hunter x Hunter)

8.43

Description:

Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other men. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters. (Source: Shonen Jump)
Type

manga

Volumes

0

Status

current

Started

1998-03-03

Attack on Titan

(Attack on Titan)

8.43

Description:

A century ago, the grotesque giants known as Titans appeared and consumed all but a few thousand humans. The survivors took refuge behind giant walls. Today, the threat of the Titans is a distant memory, and a boy named Eren yearns to explore the world beyond Wall Maria. But what began as a childish dream will become an all-too-real nightmare when the Titans return and humanity is once again on the brink of extinction … Attack on Titan is the award-winning and New York Times-bestselling series that is the manga hit of the decade! Spawning the monster hit anime TV series of the same name, Attack on Titan has become a pop culture sensation. (Source: Kodansha Comics) Volume 3 contains the special story "Rivai Heishichou" (リヴァイ兵士長, Captain Levi). Volume 5 contains the side story "Ilse no Techou" (イルゼの手帳, Ilse's Notebook).
Type

manga

Volumes

34

Chapters

141

Rating

Horror

Status

finished

Started

2009-09-09

Fullmetal Alchemist

(Fullmetal Alchemist)

8.39

Description:

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical "auto-mail" limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his brother and himself... the legendary Philosopher's Stone. Won the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category. Won the 15th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award New Artist Prize. Won the Eagle Award's "Favourite Manga" in 2010/2011. Won the Seiun Award for best science fiction comic in 2011.
Type

manga

Volumes

27

Chapters

116

Rating

Teens 13 or older

Status

finished

Started

2001-07-12

Yakusoku no Neverland

(The Promised Neverland)

8.37

Description:

Emma and her friends have a pretty good life at the orphanage they grew up in. Though the rules may be strict, the caretaker is kind. But why are the children forbidden from ever leaving...? (Source: VIZ Media)
Type

manga

Volumes

20

Chapters

181

Rating

Horror

Status

finished

Started

2016-08-01

Chainsaw Man: Dai-2 Bu

(Chainsaw Man Part 2)

8.36

Description:

Sometime after leaving Public Safety, Denji has now started to go to high school, while he also continues to exterminate devils. He still wishes to get a girlfriend and often tries to "accidentally" expose his identity as Chainsaw Man. Meanwhile, the War Devil returns to the world seeking revenge against the Chainsaw Devil. It possesses a loner high school girl, Asa Mitaka, who goes to the same school as Denji and makes her search for the Chainsaw Man's true identity. (Source: Chainsaw Man Wikia)
Type

manga

Status

current

Started

2022-07-13

Keullaudeu

(Lost in the Cloud)

8.36

Description:

Skylar has a secret hobby - taking photos of his crush, Chan-il. But when Cirrus stumbles upon Skylar's cloud storage with its impressive collection of Chan-il's photos, things escalate pretty quickly. At first confident his secret is safe with Cirrus, Skylar continuously finds himself in compromising situations, making him question Cirrus' true motives. Source: Lezhin
Type

manhwa

Status

current

Started

2020-11-20

Haikyuu!! Shousetsu-ban!!

8.36

Description:

It's been about a month since Hinata entered Karasuno High School, and the whole story of the "Karasuno Volleyball Club Training Camp" during the Golden Week holidays is revealed!
Type

novel

Volumes

0

Chapters

13

Rating

Teens 13 or older

Status

finished

Started

2013-06-04

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7: Steel Ball Run

(JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7: Steel Ball Run)

8.34

Description:

Originally presented as an unrelated story, this series was later officially declared a part of the JoJo storyline. The series stars Gyro Zeppeli, who uses a set of steel balls that spin incredibly fast, and Johnny Joestar (Jonathan Joestar), a former hot-shot jockey who was crippled by an ambusher and lost his fame and fortune. They race, along with others, in a mad-dash across America for 50 million dollars, reminiscent of The Cannonball Run. (Source: Wikipedia)
Type

manga

Volumes

24

Chapters

95

Rating

Horror

Status

finished

Started

2004-01-19

Kuroshitsuji

(Black Butler)

8.33

Description:

In Victorian era Europe, a young boy loses everything he once held near and dear to a vicious plot. In his moment of death, he strikes a deal with a demon: his soul, in exchange for revenge. Ciel Phantomhive is now the head of the Phantomhive corporation, handling all business affairs as well as the underground work for the Queen of England. His new partner is a demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, whose prowess as a butler is only surpassed by his strength as a demon. The story follows the two along with their other servants, as they work to unravel the plot behind Ciel's parents' murder, and the horrendous tragedies that befell Ciel in the month directly after.
Type

manga

Rating

Status

current

Started

2006-09-16

Dragon Ball

(Dragon Ball)

8.32

Description:

Dragon Ball follows the adventures of Son Goku from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven mystical orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which can summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered. Along his journey, Goku makes several friends and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom also seek the Dragon Balls for their own desires. Along the way becoming the strongest warrior in the universe. Part II of Dragon Ball is also known as 'Dragon Ball Z' in North America. Volumes 17-42 were published in North America under the name Dragon Ball Z. (Source: Wikipedia)
Type

manga

Volumes

42

Chapters

520

Status

finished

Started

1984-11-20

Bungou Stray Dogs Beast

8.32

Description:

Akutagawa Ryuunosuke, vows revenge on a man dressed in black in order to rescue his sister. However, as he is about to starve to death, a man from the Armed Detective Agency appears. (Source: Kadokawa, translated)
Type

manga

Volumes

4

Chapters

22

Rating

Teens 13 or older

Status

finished

Started

2019-12-26

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